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25 May 2018

Liquor licence freeze in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross extended to June 2019

The freeze on liquor licence applications in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts has been extended for 12 months until 1 June 2019.

As part of the NSW Government's commitment to promote a vibrant and diverse nightlife for Sydney, public entertainment venues focused on live music, arts and culture have been excluded from the one-year extension.

This change means the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority can now consider new on-premises licence applications for dedicated live music venues regularly putting on live acts where the music is played or performed in person.

Additionally, new on-premises licences can be considered for multi-purpose venues that also host broader visual or performance arts or other cultural events.

Applicants will need to explain the benefits of their proposal to the live music and arts sector, and show they meet the relevant criteria when making their application.

Existing licensing and development application controls will apply to help ensure the merits are carefully examined, including overall impacts on vibrancy and safety of the precincts. These ensure community members are involved and can also have their say.

Kings Cross restaurants and venues offering tourist accommodation have also been excluded from the freeze restrictions, aligning their arrangements with those located in the Sydney CBD.

Freeze restrictions remain in place for traditional nightclubs, hotels, clubs and bottle shops as part of the 12 month extension for other licence types.

The extension means the freeze will continue to play an important role in limiting the concentration of higher risk venues in the precincts and helping to reduce alcohol-related violence and other related harms. It provides certainty for businesses considering their licensing options.

Find more information on the liquor licence freeze on our website.